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New research conducted by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests UK workers are taking more sick days than at any point in the last decade. What’s causing this increase and what can employers do to address it? The Occupational Health experts at YourGP have the answers…
The large-scale CIPD study focused on 900 organisations and analysed the absence rates of more than 6.5 million employees. It found that staff took an average of 7.8 sick days in the past year, up from 5.8 before the pandemic.
According to the research, the rise could be attributed to stress, covid and the cost-of-living crisis – all of which were having “profound impacts on many people’s wellbeing” concluded the CIPD.
Every employer has a duty of care to look after the health and wellbeing of their team members. It is therefore essential that employers are aware of any potential causes of workplace ill-health and intervene as early as possible to prevent any issues from escalating.
With that in mind, here are some practical suggestions for addressing the key factors identified in the study:
It is important to remember that even healthy employees can and will get sick. The important thing is to manage their sickness absence as professionally as possible.
If you would like to speak to an Occupational Health professional about ways you can reduce sickness absence in your workplace, you can make an appointment at YourGP.
Simply call 0131 225 5656 or email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.
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